General membership committee
CHOSA Fundraising Coordinator
I am a former CHOSA volunteer at Emasithandane Children’s Home, and am currently pursuing a Master of Social Work at the University of Michigan. I hold a BA in Sociology from Georgetown University and have worked previously for Hands at Work in Mpumalanga, South Africa, where we helped build capacity in rural community-based organizations serving orphans and vulnerable children.
I have a deep passion for social justice which stems from my faith, and was drawn to my current position with CHOSA because of my strong belief in grassroots community organizing. A am dedicated to the empowerment of disadvantaged young people, both in my home of metro of Detroit and also in South Africa.
CHOSA U.S. Fundraising Coordinator
My connection to South Africa began with a Durban-based study abroad program. Since then, I have returned to South Africa for volunteer work, language study and graduate research. My research focuses on childhood, mother-tongue language, gender, and cultural education. I have been privileged to live with South African host families and volunteer with organizations that support orphans, vulnerable children and families. I have learned that successful NGOs allow communities to identify their own needs and then work together to find sustainable solutions and empower individuals. These experiences inspire my commitment to the philosophy and mission of CHOSA.
CHOSA Programs Coordinator
My name is Monwabisi Dasie also known as Solitude. I was born and raised in Queenstown Eastern Cape South Africa. I now live in Cape Town.
I believe in community and community building. My creative life extends to my work in community development. My desire is to put my thoughts and experiences into the world so that I can enter into a larger conversation with people in different places and continue to be creative and support others in finding their purpose in life.
CHOSA Community Coordintor and co-founder of CHOSA
I was born in Johannesburg and grew up in Los Angeles. My volunteer experience at Baphumelele in 2004 led me to help found CHOSA with other volunteers.
Since 2007, I have been living in Cape Town working directly with communities supporting their efforts to take care of their children and often getting involved in other initiatives by the community. I believe strongly in the ability of people to collectively initiate and direct their own development rather than them relying on others for leadership and expertise.
CHOSA Community Coordinator
My name is Ntombozuko Mabuya. I was born and bread in Eastern Cape studied at Port Elizabeth Technikon. I married in 2001 and have two beautiful young girls. Since 2004, I have been living in the township of Crossroads.
I started working for CHOSA in 2009 till today. Working with communities and their children is the best thing that has ever happen to me. It teaches me about the growth of human beings and the developing of children's minds. At the end of the day, we need to feed a healthy mind and body within and amongst the communities we work with.
CHOSA Programs Fellow
I am from Mexico City and am a strong advocate for human rights. I have volunteered for many organizations in Mexico and New York and am currently getting involved with CHOSA partners in South Africa.
Ethnography and participatory video are one of my short-term pursuits and I believe that engaging communities to communicate their stories is a very powerful way to advocate, empower and uplift. I want to venture through many learning paths and commit my life to improve the world in any way I can.
Attorney Partner and CHOSA board member
I am a South African expatriate living in Los Angeles, California. In 1976, I graduated from the University of Witwatersand in Johannesburg with a law degree. I left South Africa in 1985 and became a partner at the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP in 1999. I am also a board member of the Camp Max Straus Foundation and have a passion for supporting various different children’s organisations.
Independent researcher, activist and CHOSA board member
Born in Detroit, Michigan, I studied African politics and journalism at the University of Michigan. After working for various African publications in London, I moved to South Africa in 1993 and covered the country’s transition from formal apartheid for The Associated Press and the Mail & Guardian. I left mainstream journalism to work for the National Land Committee and was founding member of the Landless People’s Movement.
I returned to the US in 2007 and joined CHOSA as Fundraising Coordinator in 2010. I am inspired by the organisations commitment to grassroots-led community work and unrestricted funding model which supports communities to define their own priorities. Leaving that post in 2011 to pursue my own writing and research work, I joined the CHOSA Board to continue supporting CHOSA's bottom-up model of community development.
Dr. Jonathan Goldin
Radiologist at UCLA and CHOSA board member
I am a Zimbawean who completed his medical training at the University of Cape Town. I am currently specialising in diagnostic radiology at UCLA Medical school in Los Angeles.
Dr. Jennifer Goldin
Clinical psychologist and CHOSA board member
I am a South African expatriate working as a clinical psychologist in California. In 1978 I graduated from the University of Cape Town with an honors degree in community social work. I was involved with the communities of Valhalla Park, Elsies River and Heideveld. I left South Africa in 1991 for Los Angeles where I obtained a doctorate in Psychology.
Dr. Elelwani Ramugondo
CHOSA board member
I was born in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. I received my PhD from the University of Cape Town where I am currently an Associate Professor and the Head of Division of Occupational Therapy. My research and expertise focuses on children's play and the politics of human occupation. I am also currently a board member of Kidzpositive, an NGO that supports families affected by HIV/AIDS.